Organisation under a deputy rector for education
The committee that was appointed to look at the organisation under a deputy rector for education, has now completed their report. Their suggestions include dissolving the Bachelor Programme Board, the Master Programme Board, the International Committee and the Pedagogical Board, among other things. Read the committee's summary and conclusion.
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"The working group was appointed by the rector on 1 December 2016 for the purpose of examining academic and administrative organisation under a deputy rector for education. During the work, we have received input from a number of resource persons at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), as well as the deputy rectors at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
We recommend that the power of decision that currently lies with various committees is delegated to the deputy rector. It is proposed that the Bachelor Programme Board, the Master Programme Board, the International Committee and the Pedagogical Board be dissolved. An advisory education committee will instead be established, comprising the persons responsible for teaching from the departments, the persons responsible for the study programmes, students and administrative staff. The committee will discuss the study programmes offered and matters of principle and of strategic importance. Important matters are further considered by the rector and board after consideration in the education committee.
The working group is divided on the question of whether persons with academic responsibility shall be organised by study programme under the deputy rector (Bachelor’s Programme in Economics and Administration, Master’s Programme in Economics and Administration and Master’s Programme in Accounting and Auditing) or by the programme level (bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes). In the latter model, the person with academic responsibility for the Master’s Programme in Accounting and Auditing will report to the person responsible for the master’s degree level. The profile coordinators and reference groups for the Master’s Programme in Economics and Administration will remain in place, while the Master’s Programme in Accounting and Auditing subcommittee will be replaced by a reference group. The deputy rector can delegate power of decision to the persons with academic responsibility for the study programmes.
The working group also recommends that the deputy rector for education be delegated the responsibility for work on internationalisation in education. The person with academic responsibility for the Master’s Programme in Economics and Administration will be given the role of academic director for the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS). A contact person for internationalisation will be appointed at each department. The head of section for internationalisation can take over the role as head of the international management team (administrative staff from different departments).
The education committee will address the overall principles and strategic discussions that are currently addressed by the Pedagogical Board. The deputy rector will appoint a committee that contributes to the planning and execution of Pedagogical Day, Pedagogical Hour, courses etc. Much of the practical work will be carried out by the administrative resources for pedagogy.
This restructuring of the academic leadership will result in a significantly simpler structure, less academic resources devoted to sitting on a committee, the division of roles will be clearer and the deputy rector for education’s position will be strengthened. This will enable faster decision-making procedures, but also a broad discussion of important matters of principle and strategy, and a good dialogue between the departments and persons responsible for the different study programmes.
The working group also considered organising the administration by programme, with sections for bachelor’s and master’s programmes. However, we recommend that the current function organisation is maintained, with sections for admissions, exams, internationalisation and quality of education. With some adjustments, this is for the time being the best organisation for continuing efforts on rationalisation and quality-raising. The heads of sections will report to the deputy rector. A deputy head will assist the deputy rector in managing the department; attending to shared duties, supporting the sections in their work and coordinating across the sections.
In order to better facilitate an overall perspective and development of the study programmes, we recommend that administration managers for bachelor’s and master’s levels are appointed who will cooperate with the persons with academic responsibility for the study programmes and work across the sections. These leadership roles can be combined with that of deputy head or head of section, or they may be separate positions.
The committee's Conclusion
The working group has examined the academic and administrative organisation under a deputy rector for just over three months. We have obtained information and opinions from a number of both academic and administrative resource persons at NHH. We have also looked at what other institutions have done, particularly NTNU and HiOA.
We recommend a dramatic simplification of the academic leadership’s organisation. We propose that four boards and committees be dissolved and replaced by one advisory education committee. The deputy rector for education will be assigned a strong position in the organisation. The persons responsible for the study programmes will be subject to the authority of the deputy rector who can delegate decision-making powers to these, while the Bachelor and Master Programme Boards and the subcommittee for the Master’s Programme in Auditing and Accounting will be dissolved. The work currently carried out by the Internationalisation Committee and Pedagogical Board will be divided between the education committee, and the persons with academic responsibility and the administration managers.
This simplification facilitates fast decision-making processes at the same time as the structure allows for broad discussion of important matters of principle and strategy. The participation of the persons responsible for teaching at the different departments on the education committee will improve communication between the departments and the persons responsible for the different study programmes.
For the time being, we recommend that the functional organisation of the programme administration section is continued, despite the fact that a programme-based organisation would also have benefits here. The functional organisation, with sections for admissions, exams, internationalisation and quality of education, is best in relation to further rationalisation and raising the quality of the work carried out. However, some adjustments should be made to areas of responsibility.
The heads of sections will report to the deputy rector, who will be assigned a deputy head for the purpose of attending to shared duties, supporting the sections in their work and coordination across the sections. The administration managers for bachelor’s and master’s levels shall be the point of contact for the persons with academic responsibility and work to achieve overall solutions across the sections to improve user orientation in relation to students, academic staff, departments and the administration. These new leadership roles can be combined in practice with that of deputy head or head of section.
The working group is of the opinion that the academic and administrative organisation proposed will provide a smooth transition to a new leadership model at NHH.17
Footnote 17: NHH Executive has not been assessed in line with the working group’s mandate, but it can be mentioned that NHH Executive can either be subject to the authority of the rector or deputy rector for education. If the latter model is chosen, a committee or board for NHH Executive, led by a member of the academic staff, will report to the deputy rector."
- Iver Bragelien, Associate Professor, Department of Business and Management Science (leader)
- Jorun Gunnerud, Director of Studies
- Ragnhild Balsvik, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
- Maren Dale-Raknes, Administration Manager, Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law
- Maj-Brit Iden (employee representative)
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